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Old 02-02-21, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
Very entertaining thread and bicycle, thanks to the OP for starting it and all the chimers-in! I am surprised to see a steel 3-pin Campy crankset on a 1972 frame, I think of that as "older vintage gear" , but I don't mind some surprises.
Ditto and thanks unworthy1! Quick question: so the hub lock nut indicated 1972, but that doesn't mean the frame itself was made in 72, right? That seems to be an indication of when the hubs were built. I've learned the campy NR derailleur is stamped Pat 72, which I am under the impression is from 1972 as well. Can you tell me more about this 3-pin crankset?
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Old 02-02-21, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by sthurman View Post
Ditto and thanks unworthy1! Quick question: so the hub lock nut indicated 1972, but that doesn't mean the frame itself was made in 72, right? That seems to be an indication of when the hubs were built. I've learned the campy NR derailleur is stamped Pat 72, which I am under the impression is from 1972 as well. Can you tell me more about this 3-pin crankset?
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as was mentioned earlier, the Campag Sport model chainset launched in 1971 so it fits right in with a 1972 construction date you have determined for the bicycle

here is a manufacturer catalogue page from the catalogue Nr. 16 Supplement of November 1971 -



the cycle's companion Campag Sport model headset is shown in this page from the same publication -



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Ole's pedals do not show very clearly in the images posted. Here they are in their VB listing, the Zenith Corsa model 18 -




listing of W-A components covered at VB -

VeloBase.com - View Brand

information on the company at the entry on CR -

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Old 02-02-21, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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as was mentioned earlier, the Campag Sport model chainset launched in 1971 so it fits right in with a 1972 construction date you have determined for the bicycle

here is a manufacturer catalogue page from the catalogue Nr. 16 Supplement of November 1971 -

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This is great documentation, thanks Juvela!! I have a lot to learn from experts like you. Cheers!
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Ole Ritter was one of the featured/focused-on riders in this very entertaining video of the 1973 Giro d'Italia (in which Eddy Merckx and his team dominated).
Well Worth a viewing, IMHO (and hope the link is still working): Yep, it does seem OK. Note that Ole Ritter was with Bianchi in this race/season.

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Old 02-02-21, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by sthurman View Post
I will definitely post images soon. Exactly, I disassembled and used evaporust and everything cleaned up VERY nicely with brass wire brush and brass wool. I am having difficulty figuring out what to do about paint chips/scratches and minor surface rust on the frame. I thought I'd just leave it as a vintage patina, but perhaps I should use something to touch up the paint (recommendations?). I don't want to strip and repaint because the stickers are irreplacable and are already in rough shape. I did find an automotive paint that appears to be a good match for Benotto gold - it's Toyota metallic champagne 583, but it may not be a perfect match as the paint on this bike is nearly 50 years old! Any tips or ideas? How about restoring chrome lugs and fork crowns to shine?
EDIT: This is the link to the site that led me to Toyota 583 color specifically: lecycleur.com/framesets/benotto-3000-restauration-1978-82/
Chrome on the frame I soak paper towels and wrap the area followed by some plastic wrap. Wish I knew how to paint. I usually just clean and wax.
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in this forum post member Jensen92 writes that there were Everton Ole Ritter bicycles as well...

Unknown frame, any clues to what it is?

most cycling champions seem to work with three or four bicycle manufacturers in the course of their careers and following but it looks like our Herr Ritter must have worked with at least six or eight different ones...


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